Joy and drama at the Air Tahiti Nui Trials 2014

August 11, 2014 | Surfing
Tuamata Puhetini: he knows that reef

Tuamata Puhetini and Nathan Hedge have secured two spots in the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014, after winning the Air Tahiti Nui Trials, at Teahupoo.

It was dangerous out there with firing barrels exploding onto razor sharp reef. As a result, Kevin Bourez suffered a horrific wipeout, going head first into the reef. A few years ago, the same happened to Keala Kennelly.

Michel's younger brother suffered multiple head fractures, deep facial lacerations, and underwent four hours of surgery. Doctors say he is in a stable condition.

Tuamata Puhetini put on a great tube riding show, in six-to-eight foot (2 meters plus) surf. The Polynesian surfer repeated the 2010 victory in grand style.

"The surf was fantastic today! I can't believe I won it again, everyone was surfing very well. I won the Trials in 2010, and it was a great experience, and I'm really looking forward to taking on the best guys out there in the Billabong Pro," expressed Puhetini.

Nathan Hedge keeps climbing the ASP Qualifying Series rankings. The Australian surfer will get the chance to re-joint his peers at the elite level at the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

"I'm really stoked to have made the final. I got some of the best waves of my life today; it's like a dream. It's a big risk coming here for the Trials, there's only one spot for internationals surfers up for grabs, and I got it. It was a magical day, this is why we surf," says Hedgle.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bourez family. Kevin loves to charge, he's amazing kid and surfer and I'm wishing him a full recovery and may he return to the ocean some time soon."

The Billabong Pro Tahiti will run from August 15th-26th.

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